Newbridge mum's book inspired by son is shortlisted for People's Book Prize 2018

Creating awareness about Cerebral Palsy

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Newbridge mum's book inspired by son is shortlisted for People's Book Prize 2018

The Kehoe family pictured at the launch PICTURE: TONY KEANE

A children's book written by a Newbridge mum to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy has been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize 2018.

“TJ and His Wheelable Chair” is inspired by author Amanda Kehoe’s son who has Cerebral Palsy. The aim of her book is to teach children how to interact with those who have Cerebral Palsy.

Amanda is receiving an ever increasing amount of national press and has performed readings across Ireland and the UK and appeared at the Chicago Children’s Book Festival in September 2017. She has also visited countless schools to teach children about Cerebral Palsy. See Amanda’s website for more info — www.amanda-kehoe.ampbk.com

“While there is a better awareness of disability, I have found a lot of children don't know how to react when they see my son, and there is a huge misconception with children who are non-verbal that they do not understand what you are saying to them,” said Amanda.